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Tree Killing Instructions Please!

Post  Goosegirl on 2/23/2011, 8:24 pm

Here's the deal: I have a STUPID little tree that is growing in my brick flower/soon-to-be potato bed. It started growing before we moved into the house 11 years ago. I tried pulling it out when it looked like just a weed, but it apparently had a big enough root that all I did was rip my gloves and shred my hands. I have kept digging and pulling, and finally pruning, but I haven'g killed it yet. I have sprayed it with vinegar, sprayed it with Round-Up, stood up in the bed and jumped on the shovel to cut through the root, but NOTHING FAZES IT!!! The problem is that I can't dig it out without destroying the brick planter (picture to follow in a few days when I have my digital camera Very Happy). My next thought was to cut it back again, and then hammer some nails (not galvies, so they will rust) right into the center of its bratty little growth ring.
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Post  Megan on 2/23/2011, 8:26 pm

The one teeny bit of information I can share is that this is the wrong time of year to use Round Up on something like a tree. It works best when the plant is pulling all its energy back into its roots (i.e., autumn.)
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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 2/23/2011, 8:29 pm

Rumor mill says use round up. Cut the tree and immediately paint round up on it. I know there is an extra nasty version. You can also try boiling water. You could treat it as a pole for beans, perhaps they could strangle it or take away the light. Hope you find a solution.

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Post  sceleste54 on 2/23/2011, 8:33 pm

You could try stripping the bark around the entire circumference of the trunk, a wide stripe deep enough the penetrate into the woody part. If the nutrients can't get from the roots to the leaves it will eventually kill it..theoretically...and I'd paint the stripe with brush killer too !!

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Post  Goosegirl on 2/23/2011, 8:56 pm

@Megan wrote:The one teeny bit of information I can share is that this is the wrong time of year to use Round Up on something like a tree. It works best when the plant is pulling all its energy back into its roots (i.e., autumn.)

This is all for (hopefully) future use, as right now we are so buried in snow that I am just planning ahead.
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Post  Goosegirl on 2/23/2011, 8:59 pm

@Patty from Yorktown wrote:Rumor mill says use round up. Cut the tree and immediately paint round up on it. I know there is an extra nasty version. You can also try boiling water. You could treat it as a pole for beans, perhaps they could strangle it or take away the light. Hope you find a solution.

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I have tried the extra nasty version on it! But, I did not do it in the autumn like Megan suggested. I think I am going to try the bark stripping (or try to talk the rabbit that ate my new plum tree to take a crack at it!)

Thank you all for your ideas and keep them coming - I think I may need to use multiple attacks to get rid of this thing!
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Post  Megan on 2/23/2011, 10:01 pm

I had several fig trees in my front yard that took a few years to get rid of. (Knock on wood.) I would have liked to have kept them, but they were much too close to the foundation. So, I feel your pain. The tip about Round Up in autumn is just to optimize its use... if you can get the poison into the plant when it is drawing all its energy down into its roots, it will be more effective. But, even in the spring it may help. The girdling sounds like a good idea also.
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Re: Tree Killing Instructions Please!

Post  quiltbea on 2/23/2011, 10:51 pm

What about using a chain saw to cut the thing off at its base?
Or even a hand saw?
That sounds like the solution to your problem.
Cutting down trees gets rid of them.
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Post  tabletopper on 2/24/2011, 1:50 am

Tree Killer......try plain ole bleach.......I had luck with killing bamboo trees..........then replace the soil with Perfect Soil Mix....good luck...


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just get your sawout...

Post  Mirjam on 2/24/2011, 2:35 am

I always just saw 'em off at the base, about 20 cm from the ground. Then you can put roundup on it, and after a few weeks dig the roots up. You have to really dig, because all the soil is inbetween the roots, which is wat makes it heavy. The more soil you remove, the easier it will come out.
You can try cutting the roots a little further away from the base, maybe near the sides of the planter, the further away, the easier it gets. Digging up and cutting them with pruning scissors can be an option too, depending on the size.

I've removed several 20 to 30 years old trees from my garden, and it takes some time, but eventually they always loose Very Happy
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Post  Goosegirl on 2/24/2011, 7:03 am

@Mirjam wrote:I've removed several 20 to 30 years old trees from my garden, and it takes some time, but eventually they always loose Very Happy

Twisted Evil LOVE your determination and success! I have cut this thing off with pruners at ground level at least 3 times so what is above ground looks like a spindly branch but the base is at least 2 inches in diameter now. BUT...I have never put round-up on the cut afterward, I just always tried saturating the leaves when it was all leafed out. I am going to get EVIL!!! Evil or Very Mad (as soon as the snow disappears, that is.....)

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Re: Tree Killing Instructions Please!

Post  FarmerValerie on 2/24/2011, 8:50 am

The "Old Timers" around here swear by buttermilk on a cut tree, but that's mainly for a stump. We have some "trees" that keep popping up in the most inconvenient places, we had some plants out in the area they populated 2 years ago and had to let them go until we could get the plants up and mow. They resembled Crepe Myrtle's when they leaved out, those things are nearly impossible to kill. Cut them and they come back bigger and bushier than before. These trees are the main reason our garden is so far from the front/back door, otherwise I would have it closer, because the area I want only gets 8 hours of sun, and down here that is more than enough at times. These things have started popping up in my strawberry tower (work in progress) despite, newspaper (several layers) weed block and inches of dirt on top. I am beginning to think that there is a root system connected all over the yard just under the dirt.

I'll be watching this thread for more ideas on getting rid of my problem and I hope you get yours gone too.
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